It was the winter of 1848. My family lived in Southern China around this time.
My name is Meili. I was 11 years old at that time. I had 3 younger siblings. My sister, Sakiya, my brother, Huan, and my newest baby brother, Lei.
That February, my father had announced that there had been a large amount of gold found in some strange place called California. He told us that we were to leave China and set out for America at once.
We set out on a boat, with all the belongings we could carry, along with as much food as our vessel could hold, and set sail for America. I hope father was right...
We traveled for months, across the sea, hoping to reach America swiftly and without complication.
We had finally reached what looked like land, and my father called out, "We have finally made it!"